History of Aikido in Yugoslavia

The history of aikido in Yugoslavia begins in 1969 when a group of judoka practiced the art for the first time in Paris. On their return, Milan Zagorac established the first aikido club in the country. At the end of 1969, a group of Yugoslav practitioners participated in a 12-day training session led by Hiroshi TADA in Rome. One of Gozo SHIODA’s books has been translated into Serbo-Croation and Vracarevic Ljuba has written one book on the subject. Kenji SHIMIZU began conducting seminars in the country in the late 1980s. At the present time there are some eight aikido clubs in Yugoslavia representing the AIKIKAI HOMBU, SHINSHIN TOITSU AIKIDO, and TENDOKAN aikido styles. Tsutomu Yukawa (c. 1934)

Josh Gold

I am Executive Editor of Aikido Journal and co-founder of Ikazuchi Dojo. I began my aikido journey in 1991 under Haruo Matsuoka and am honored to have been his direct disciple for the last 27 years.

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